Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

There are more considerations and calculations to make when choosing a tow vehicle than just boat and trailer weight.

The ability to haul your boat to launching ramps in far-flung places is one of the thrills of boat ownership. But if you're new to the game, be aware … [Read more...]

Marine Toilets: The Basics

A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.

One  difference between a “guys'” open boat and a boat intended for mixed company or the entire family is a marine toilet or head. Graduating from … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

There are all sorts of marine batteries, and each different type requires careful care. Learning which type you have on your boat is the first step to properly maintaining them. Photo courtesy of Optima Batteries.

Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

How Big an Outboard Will Fit on My Boat?

Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.

In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Beware of Foul Fuel in Used Boats

Constant vigilance and regular maintenance of fuel filters against water and sediment in fuel systems can prevent expensive engine problems and tank corrosion.

When you’re buying a used boat, you may decide to do the full inspection yourself, or hire a marine surveyor to confirm the boat's condition. Either … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

used boat

Unless you’re buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They’re … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? Use the Winter to Get It Ready


Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [Read more...]

Winter Layup Tips for Your Boat

Winterizing engines and fuel systems is a top priority, especially with the ethanol demons ready to wreak havoc during the cold season.

In many parts of the country, this is transition season, time to haul and winterize your boat.  Fall haul-out nearly matches the urgency level of spring … [Read more...]

G-10: The Secret Weapon of DIY Boat Repairers


People who enjoy fixing old boats all have their favorite products. Some like working with wood, some on fiberglass boats, others with epoxy etc. Regardless … [Read more...]

Diesel Engine Maintenance: The Exhausted Exhaust

This clogged exhaust elbow led to severe breathing problems for the Yanmar 2GM.

  Internal combustion engines act like air pumps: They breath air in, mix the air with fuel, make a fire, then exhaust out the smoke. Diesel … [Read more...]